Online Course Offerings

Wintersession 2018-19 will begin Thursday, December 20, 2018 and run through Friday, January 18, 2019. All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered in Blackboard 9.1 and accessible via the Internet. Advance registration begins Wednesday, October 17.

Please check back the first week in October for a complete listing of courses to be offered in Wintersession 2018-19.

All Wintersession courses are fully online (unless otherwise noted) delivered through Blackboard 9.1. All enrolled students can access their course(s) two weeks before the first day of classes (beginning on Thursday, December  6, 2018) via MyUAlbany. For additional information about online learning at UAlbany, please review Online Learning Frequently Asked Questions or email Students are encouraged to use the two weeks before the winter term begins to review the course schedule and syllabus and familiarize themselves with the system.Technical issues (if any) should be resolved prior to the Wintersession start date of Thursday, December 20, 2018.


College of Arts & Sciences

Africana Studies


A Afs 220 (Class # 1233)
Black and White in America (3)
In America Blacks and Whites have been organically connected by the space of national geography and centuries of time. With current events an ever-present concern, this course explores the cultural significance and the social meaning of the long and ever-changing relations between black and white Americans and its import for the national welfare. (CHALLENGES, USHIS)
Instructor: Jennifer Burns

A Afs 287 (Class # 1012)
Africa in the Modern World (3)
Africa since 1800: exploration, the end of the slave trade, the development of interior states, European partition, the colonial period, and the rise of independent Africa. Only one of A AFS 287 and A HIS 287 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Frank Essien

Anthropology & Linguistics

A Ant 100 (Class # 1153)
Culture, Society, and Biology (3)
Introduction to the issue of human diversity, the course poses the question of what it means to be human. Through study of biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and ethnology, students will explore the range of diversity within our shared humanity, and seek explanations which might account for it. (IP)
Instructor: Crystal Sheedy

A Ant 104 (Class # 1192)
Archaeology (3)
Introduction to the methods used by archaeologists to study ancient sites and artifacts. Topics include archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, dating, interpretation of artifacts, and the reconstruction of past cultural patterns. Examples include studies of ancient and recent societies. (IP SS)
Instructor: Jessica Watson       

A Ant 108 (Class # 1024)
Cultural Anthropology (3)
Anthropology is the study human cultural diversity in all of its expressions. This course will explore both cultural anthropology and diversity through lectures, readings, films, and class discussions. Students will learn fundamental anthropological concepts, theories, and assumptions, as well as the contributions anthropologists have made to the understanding of diversity, culture, ethnicity, and gender in cross-cultural perspective. (SS)
Instructor: Walter Little

A Ant 175 (Class # 1234)
Anthropology and Folklore (3)
Introduction to the study of folklore as an aspect of culture, symbolically expressing people's identity, beliefs and values. The focus is on oral text traditions - myths, folktales, and legends - topics in folk custom and ritual, folk music and folk art are also included. Includes folklore from Western and non-Western cultures. Only one of A ANT 175 & A REL 175 may be taken for credit. (HU)
Instructor: Christa Mylin

A Ant 197 (Class # 1235)
Special Topics in Anthropology: First Language Acquisition (3)
This course offers an introduction to the topic of first language acquisition. By the time children are about six years old, they speak at least one language in much the same way as the adults around them. Anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language as a teenager or an adult knows that this a striking achievement, especially when considering how poorly children execute many other basic activities. Children typically begin speaking their language(s) before they can reliably use a toilet; they have mastered the major complexities of their language by the time they begin to tie their own shoes. In this course we will focus on the patterns and generalizations found in the behavior of children acquiring English, but we will consider data from children acquiring other languages as well. Questions that we will consider in this course include how children segment a stream of sounds into words, how they ascertain the meanings of words, how they begin to produce words of their own, and how they eventually learn to combine words into increasingly complex sentences.
Instructor: Lauren Clemens


A Ant 201 (Class # 1193)
Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Anthropology (3)
How many people believe most everything they are told, or everything that they read? How can we tell the difference between statements that are based on fact, and those based only on opinion, ideology, error, or falsehood? Why should we care in the first place? This class will help you answer these questions, and hopefully raise many more. We will cover the ways in which your own brain and senses can trick you. We will cover the common mistakes made in reasoning, "logical fallacies" that can lead even the most critical of thinkers to false conclusions. We will cover several of the most common types of false information that people encounter today, such as psychics, astrology, or complementary and alternative medicine, and will explore why these are problematic. Our focus throughout will be on identifying current, real world examples of "uncritical thinking" in popular and news media. Hopefully at the end of the course, we will all be better consumers of knowledge. Only one version of A ANT 201 may be taken for credit. (CHALLENGES)
Instructor: Sean Rafferty

A Ant 211 (Class # 1236)
Human Population Biology (3)
Biological variation in human populations, with emphasis on genetics, adaptability, demography and related aspects of population dynamics. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 110; or A BIO 110; or A BIO 120 recommended.
Instructor: Florence Lee

A Ant 340 (Class # 1188)
Topics in Ethnology: Ethnology of Ireland (3)
Irish culture has long held a certain fascination throughout the world, particularly among her vast diaspora. Ireland’s entrance into the global economy and the ‘Celtic craze’ in the late 20th century largely contributed to the continuing commodification of Irish culture. Over the course of the semester, we will survey the manner in which various historical and media-driven discourses, immigrant experiences, artistic mediums, international tourism, and emerging global flows have contributed to recent conceptions of “Irishness.” By tracing the development of contemporary anthropological theory and methods in Irish and diasporic studies, and paying particular attention to the intersections and disjunctures between Irish and Irish-American cultural experiences over the last two centuries, we will explore the historical construction, negotiation, and contests over what constitutes ‘Irishness’ and core questions of identity, tradition, representation, and authenticity. The instructor will be in residence in Northern Ireland during the duration of the course, offering students a unique perspective of an ongoing field research project, in addition to access to local community leaders and representatives, tourism and memory workers, artists, and academics throughout the course of the semester. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Jennifer Crowley

A Ant 340 (Class # 1237)
Topics in Ethnology: Anthropology of Documentary Filmmaking (3)
Anthropology, the comparative study of human beings, is typically associated in the public eye with the following themes: 1) (so-called) exotic cultures, 2) travel to remote places and cultural immersion (participant observation), 3) a comparative, culturally-relative understanding of human differences, 4) colliding cultural worlds of today, yesterday and tomorrow (cultural contact, culture change, and their consequences), 5) critiques and improvements of ethnoscientific biases in studying the Other, and 6) directing a trained eye to the analysis of western industrialized cultures and their peers. We will explore these themes via the medium of film, under the general rubric of Visual Anthropology, focusing on such topics as historically important films, the politics of representation (in fiction or nonfiction), and the evolution of anthropology as a discipline. In tandem with these themes, we will explore regional cultures and their traditions related to warfare, gender identity, religion, family structure. Case studies featuring films about human rights, culture change, fictional anthropologists, and Native-authored films are also part of the course. This online course consists of 50% film viewing and 50% online discussion or journal assignments. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Marilyn Masson

A Ant 364 (Class # 1238)
Introduction to Cultural Medical Anthropology (3)
Introduction to cultural approaches to medical anthropology. Cross-cultural examination of different views of health, disease, healing and the body, their effect on medical care and maintenance of health of individuals and communities. Also examines the intersection between health, sickness, and social and economic inequalities globally and in the U.S. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 108 or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Jessica Somers

A Lin 200 (Class # 1177)/
A Eng 200 (Class # 1178)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

Art History

A Arh 207 (Class # 1025)
Egyptian Archeology (3)
A survey of the remains of ancient Egypt from the earliest times to the Roman Empire. The pyramids, temples, tombs, mummies and works of art will be examined in an attempt to understand the unique character of ancient Egypt. Selections from Egyptian religious and historical texts will be read in translation. A ARH 207Z is the writing intensive versions of A ARH 207; only one may be taken for credit. (AR HU)
Instructor: Barry Dale

A Arh 269 (Class # 1257)
The Hollywood Crime Film (3)
Foundational course which explores the particular genre of crime films and its various sub-genres, focusing on films that have been produced by the American motion picture studios from the silent film era through the present. The course provides information about the basics of the Hollywood studio system and spotlights the manner in which this particular genre serves to mirror the changes across the decades in American art, culture, and society. Also discussed are basic film language, narrative conventions, and filmic structure. (AR)
Instructor: Barry Dale


A Chm 105 (Class # 1212 or # 1227)
Chemistry in Our Lives (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications in everyday life. The course will explore the impact of chemistry on modern life by looking at its role in the environment, medicine, nanotechnology and polymers. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in chemistry. Prerequisite(s): none.  (CHALLENGES NS)
Instructor: Colin Henck

A Chm 120 (Class # 1253)
General Chemistry I (3)
Atomic theory, quantitative relationships in chemical change, electronic structure of atoms and chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, and states of matter. Students are required to take the mid-term exam (8:45-11:05 am 1/7) & final exam (8:45-11:05am 1/17)  in person on campus or at an approved testing center. All other coursework will be done fully online. Contact the instructor ( or Wintersession  ( or 518-442-5140) for details.  (NS)
Instructor: Li Niu


A Com 100 (Class # 1143 or # 1144)
Human Communication: Language and Social Action (3)
Introduction to human communication in terms of an examination of the communication needs,  processes, and results that typically occur in  different social settings. (SS)
Instructor: William Husson

A Com 265X (Class # 1149)
Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
Approaches to the study of human communication. Consideration of major research findings, methods  and conceptualizations in such areas as persuasion,  interpersonal communication, group  communication, organizational communication, and mass communication. A COM 265 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany. (SS)
Instructor: Michael Barberich

A Com 369 (Class # 1005)
Theories of Organizational Communication (3)
Theoretical models and empirical studies of communication within complex organizations. In-depth case study of one or more organizations. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Alan Belasen

A Com 370 (Class # 1194)
Theories of Mass Media (3)
The theories, research methods, and empirical research findings related to the effects of mass communication on individuals and society. Prerequisite(s): A COM 238 and A COM 265 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Bonville

A Com 378 (Class # 1195)
Studies in Public Persuasion: Leadership Communication (3)
Leadership Communication is an advanced Communication course aimed at providing student with in-depth knowledge on the various leadership theories and insight into effective leadership practices. A critical examination of leadership theories and research will be undertaken. Areas of leadership covered include: (1) Management versus leadership; (2) Trait theories of leadership; (3) Behavior theories of leadership; (3) Participative leadership and delegation; (4) Dyadic theories and followership; (5) Power and influence; (6) Contingency theories of leadership; (7) “Modern” theories of leadership (Charismatic, Transformational, & Transactional); (8) Leading teams, meetings and change; (9) Developing leadership skills; and (10) Ethical Leadership. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265 or permission of instructor. (IT Commons)
Instructor: James Snack 

East Asian Studies     

A Eas 140 (Class # 1186)
Introduction to East Asian Cinema (3)
This course offers an introduction to East Asian cinema, with emphasis on movies produced in China and Japan. Lectures and class discussions will focus on the interpretation of cinematic texts, especially as they relate to cultural dynamics and social change. (AR)
Instructor: Aaron Proffitt     


A Eco 110 (Class # 1021)
Principles Economics I: Microeconomics (3)
Analysis of supply and demand in markets for goods and markets for the factors of production. Study of various market structures, price determination in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A ECO 300. Prerequisite(s): plane geometry and intermediate algebra or A MAT 100. (SS)
Instructor: Papa Gueye

A Eco 330 (Class # 1148 or # 1151 or # 1173)
Economics of Development (3)
Introduction to the analysis of economic growth and development. Historical, descriptive, and analytical approaches to the problems of fostering economic growth. Consideration of alternative theories of the causes and problems of underdevelopment. A ECO 330Z is the writing intensive version of A ECO 330;  only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):  A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Sandwip Das


A Eng 200 (Class # 1177)/
A Lin 200 (Class # 1178)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

A Eng 358 (Class # 1196)
Studies in Poetry: Modernist American Poetry 1900-1950 (3)
This course will introduce students to selected themes and forms in Modern American poetry, and explore intersections and parallels with innovations and controversies in American art, music and media. Students will read a substantive collection of selected poems from important American poets and movements. In order to develop a broad awareness of the contexts of American poetry and poetics in the first half of the 20th Century, students will also read and view different types of related resource media, and explore and discuss key issues and controversies of the period. Focusing on issues of poetics, politics, society and media, online discussions will ask students to express their deepening awareness in increasingly complex and sophisticated interpretations, responses and analysis. Finally, by reading and reviewing selected critical essays, students will engage the contemporary critical conversation in Modern American Poetry studies. The course is divided into five chapters – a short review of basic poetic concepts, a short chapter on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and three thematic chapters. Each chapter introduces readings, including poetry, selected critical essays, web resources and links. Graded chapter assignments offer students alternatives and options, and include a reflective journal, online discussions and participation, and several short critical reviews. May be repeated once for credit when content varies.
Instructor: Jill Hanifan


A Gog 250 (Class # 1180)/
A Lcs 250 (Class # 1239)
Geography of Latin America (3)
An introduction to the geographical diversity of Latin America, reviewing the Continent's physical features, natural resources, societies, economies and politics, and relating them to its history and cultural traditions. Particular attention will be given to rural and urban living conditions, social and regional inequalities, population distribution, internal and international migration, and socioeconomic development issues. A Lcs 250Z & A Gog 250Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 250 & A Gog 250; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Neusa McWilliams


A His 100 (Class # 1002)
American Political and Social History I (3)
Survey of American history from the colonial era through the Civil War, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. All books and readings for class are available at no cost on-line. (USHIS)
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak

A His 101 (Class # 1137)
American Political and Social History II (3)
Survey of American history from the Civil War to the present, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. A HIS 101Z is the writing intensive version of A HIS 101; only one may be taken for credit. (USHIS)
Instructor: Britt Haas 

A His 130 (Class # 1154)
History of European Civilization I (3)
Survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from its origins to the 18th century. A HIS 130Z is the writing intensive version of A HIS 130; only one may be taken for credit. (IP)
Instructor: Christopher Daly

A His 259 (Class # 1281)
History of Women and Social Change (3)
With an emphasis on the diversity of U.S. women, this course examines the social, historical, and economic forces that have shaped U.S. women's lives from about 1800-1970 and the contexts within which women have participated in and sometimes led social and political movements. (USHIS)
Instructor: Sarah Pacelli

A His 263 (Class # 1006)
Art, Music and History I (3)
"Art, Music, and History I" is a survey of European culture from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, which examines the many historical contexts that underlie art and music. Students do not need any background in the arts, as this is a course we will build from the ground up by first exploring the questions: What is art? Is it necessary? Where does it come from? Why is it important? And "What does it mean?" Our world is filled with art and music, and it did not get that way by accident. Broadly speaking, this is a course about cultural history, or how people live their lives in society--what they think, what they value, and what they do. If you can understand these basic ideas within your own life, then you will be able to understand them in history and vice versa. Although our focus here is on the arts, it is important to emphasize that we will study them within the political, social, economic and technological backgrounds from which they sprang and which they also influenced. Hopefully, you will see art, music, history and the world around you in ways you never thought possible. (AR HU IP)
Instructor: Anthony Anadio

A His 300 (Class # 1214)
The History of American Indians and the United States (3)
A detailed survey of the history of the North American Indians, particularly those now within the territory of the United States, as communities and nations, from the period of first contact to the present. Only one of A His 300 & A His 300Z may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A His 100 or A His 100Z. (USHIS)
Instructor: Kwinn Doran

A His 346 (Class # 1138)
History of England I (3)
The historical development of English society and government from early times to the 17th century. A His 346Z is the writing intensive version of A His 346; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history. (IP)
Instructor: Patrick Nold


A Jrl 100 (Class # 1198)
Foundations of Journalism (3)
Introduction to contemporary journalism as a major institution in American democracy. This course will help students become more informed about media and introduce them to the major issues in journalism. Topics range from media history and the economic structure of the industry to broad questions about the impact of media on individuals and society in a fast-changing technological society. Also addressed will be ethical and legal issues related to media practices in news media. A student must make a grade of C or better in this course in order to take AJRL 200Z. (AR)
Instructor: Shirley Perlman

Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies

A Lcs 150 (Class # 1026)
Puerto Rico: People, History, and Culture (3)
Survey of Puerto Rican culture on the island from the prehispanic era to the 20th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the change of sovereignty in 1898, the national question, class and culture, and migration. A ANT 146Z and A LCS150Z are writing intensive versions of  A ANT 146 and A LCS 150; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit. (USHIS)
Instructor: Carmen Nieves

A Lcs 250 (Class # 1239)/
A Gog 250 (Class # 1180)
Geography of Latin America (3)
An introduction to the geographical diversity of Latin America, reviewing the Continent's physical features, natural resources, societies, economies and politics, and relating them to its history and cultural traditions. Particular attention will be given to rural and urban living conditions, social and regional inequalities, population distribution, internal and international migration, and socioeconomic development issues. A Lcs 250Z & A Gog 250Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 250 & A Gog 250; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Neusa McWilliams

A Lcs 269 (Class # 1155)
Caribbean: Peoples, History, and Culture (3)
This course introduces students to significant aspects of Anglophone Caribbean culture and history in the context of this region of the globe, the wider Caribbean, functioning as the crossroads of the world. Colonial conquest forced and forged the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Caribbean so that while it is not large in terms of geographical area or total population, it resonates with global significance as a crucible of cultural hybridity and as a nurturing space of modernity. Only one version may be taken for credit. (CHALLENGES HU IP)
Instructor: Lissette Acosta

A Lcs 315 (Class # 1255)
Film in Contemporary Latin America (3)
Study of culture and society in Latin America as revealed through film. Emphasis on the use of film, especially in the "new cinema" movements, as an instrument for social and political change. History and current trends of cinema in selected countries. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. (AR HU)
Instructor: Cassandra Andrusz       

Mathematics & Statistics

A Mat 106 (Class # 1156 or # 1157)
Survey of Calculus (3)
An intuitive approach to differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, intended only for students who plan to take no more calculus. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in mathematics. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A MAT 111, 112 or 118. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. (MA)
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 108 (Class # 1139 or #1158)
Elementary Statistics (3)
Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, estimation, testing of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. Not open for credit by students who have taken A MAT 308. (MA)
Instructor: Karin Reinhold

A Mat 220 (Class # 1017)
Linear Algebra (3)
Linear equations, matrices, determinants, finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations Euclidean spaces. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 113.
Instructor: Kehe Zhu

A Mat 311 (Class # 1027)
Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
Linear differential equations, systems of differential equations, series solutions, boundary value problems, existence theorems, applications to the sciences. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 214.
Instructor: Rongwei Yang


A Mus 100 (Class # 1028)
Introduction to Music (3)
Understanding the art of music through directed listening emphasizing the many uses of musical material. Uses numerous illustrations accenting the criteria which determine quality. (AR)
Instructor: Ellen Burns

A Mus 226 (Class # 1010 or # 1011 or # 1182)
Hip Hop Music and Culture (3)
This course examines the evolution of Hip Hop music and culture (Graffiti art, B-Boying [break-dancing], DJ-ing, and MC-ing) from its birth in 1970's New York to its global and commercial explosion in the late 1990's. Students learn to think critically about both Hip Hop culture, and about the historical and political contexts in which Hip Hop culture took, and continues to take, shape. Particular attention is paid to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and good, old-fashioned funkiness. (AR)
Instructor: Nicholas Conway


A Phi 112 (Class # 1159)
Critical Thinking (3)
This is a course in informal logic. It centers on the meaning of claims, and whether a claim, should be accepted or rejected, or whether suspension of judgment is appropriate. This course is intended to help students think clearly and effectively. (CHALLENGES HU)
Instructor: Marcus Adams

A Phi 214 (Class # 1199)
World Religions (3)
Survey of the major religions of the world, concentrating on those practices and beliefs that contribute to their value systems. Religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Taoism. Only one of A REL 214 & A PHI 214 may be taken for credit. (HU)
Instructor: Scott Wolcott


A Phy 103 (Class # 1007)
Exploration of Space (3)
The solar system, modern developments in planetary and space science; human exploration of space; space travel and future colonization. (NS)
Instructor: Eric Woods

A Phy 140 (Class # 1150)
Physics I: Mechanics (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of physics: Classical Mechanics. Topics include the concepts of force, energy and work applied to the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies and an introduction to special relativity. Students are required to take the final exam (1:00-4:00 pm 1/18) in person on campus or at an approved testing center. All other coursework will be done fully online. Contact the instructor ( or Wintersession ( or 518-442-5140) for details. Pre/corequisite: A MAT 111 or 112 or 118. (NS)
Instructor: Susan DiFranzo


A Psy 270 (Class # 1258)
Social Psychology (3)
This course will explore the relationship between the individual and the group, as well as the influence of culture, leadership, and institutions on human personality. Further topics will include understanding the self, attraction in interpersonal relationships, development of social attitudes, and the psychology of mass movements and of social decisions. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101.
Instructor: Tina Donaldson

A Psy 333 (Class # 1259)
Childhood Behavioral Disorders (3)
Survey of the behavior disorders of childhood, including conduct disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, and other childhood problems that are of concern to those who work with children. Only one version of A PSY 333 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101 and 203.
Instructor: Stacey Farmer

A Psy 381 (Class # 1260)
Memory and Cognition (3)
Examination of both basic and complex information processing skills of humans. Topics include sensory memory, selective attention, pattern recognition, coding processes, short-term and long-term memory performance, theories of recognition and recall, and theories of semantic memory. Only one version of A PSY 381 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, A PSY 210 and A PSY 211. Non-majors and visiting students see the Department for Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: Abigail Kleinsmith


A Soc 115 (Class # 1003 or # 1160)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Nature of culture and of human society, personality development, groups and group structure, social institutions, the processes of social change. (SS)
Class # 1003 - Instructor: Philip Lewis
Class #1160 - Instructor: Kaitlin Long

A Soc 180 (Class # 1145)
Social Problems (3)
Applies the concepts, methods, and ethics of sociology to the analysis of "social problems." A SOC 180Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 180; only one may be taken for credit. (CHALLENGES SS)
Instructor: Zhifan Luo

A Soc 203 (Class # 1202)
Criminology (3)
Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Only one of A SOC 203; A SOC 381; R CRJ 200 or R CRJ 203 can be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC115. (SS)
Instructor: Aysenur Kurtulus

A Soc 235 (Class # 1015)
Sociological Theory (3)
Overview of major schools of theory influencing current sociological inquiry. Discussion of selected works of classical and contemporary theorists. The influence of values on theorizing and the issue of value neutrality. An evaluation of the role of theory in the growth of the discipline.
Instructor: Abby Stivers

A Soc 250 (Class # 1018)
Sociology of Families (3)
The family as a social institution; types of family organization; the family as a socializing agency and its interrelations with other institutions; the impact of social change on the American family with particular reference to the transition from a rural-agricultural to a predominantly urban-industrial society. Only one version of A SOC 250 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Danielle George

A Soc 262 (Class # 1241)
Sociology of Gender (3)
This course examines how gender is socially constructed in contemporary U.S. society. The course examines how gender orders our everyday lives-our sense of self, our friendships, romances, conversations, clothing, body image, entertainment, work, sexuality, and parenthood. Students will learn how conceptions about gender create and enforce a system of gender difference and inequality. This course will examine the lives, experiences and representations of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) persons. The course will reveal the common sense world of gender that surrounds us by exposing the workings of institutions such as the family, the classroom, the workplace, and the media. Throughout the course we will emphasize the ways in which people experience gender opportunities and constraints differently according to their race, gender, class and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z; or permission of instructor. (SS)
Instructor: Kolbe Franklin       

A Soc 359 (Class # 1141)
Medical Sociology (3)
Comprehensive introduction to sociological factors in disease etiology and illness behavior and to the sociology of the organization of medical practice and the health professions. A SOC 359Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 359 and A SOC 359W is the writing intensive and oral discourse version of A SOC 359; only one of A SOC 359, A SOC 359Z, and A SOC 359W may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z. (SS)
Instructor: Kaya Hamer-Small

A Soc 362 (Class # 1019)
Sociology of Sexualities (3)
This course reviews the core of the sociology of sexuality from a sociohistorical perspective. Among the topics to be discussed are the theoretical approaches to sexuality, the making of sexual identities, the relationship between sexuality and social institutions, and sexual politics and ethics. Specific examples include hip-hop sexualities, gay marriage, sexual tourism, transgender identities, and heterosexual intimacy. Only one version of A SOC 362 or A WSS 363 may be taken for credit Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Emily Pain

A Soc 384 (Class # 1029)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of Aging (3)
A broad introduction to aging as a social phenomenon and its implications for both individuals and societies. Specific topics include: historical, cross-cultural, and racial/ethnic differences in the social meanings and consequences of aging, conceptual issues and empirical patterns related to work and retirement, family, residential location, and death and dying; and program and policy issues associated with aging, including retirement and health care policy. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115Z.
Instructor: Haoyue Li     

A Soc 389 (Class # 1140)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of the Holocaust (3)
This course is an overview of the sociological literature on the Holocaust, specifically, and genocide, more generally. Students will learn more about the social causes and effects of genocide through a focus on the Holocaust. We will begin with the basic history of the Holocaust and discuss why sociology, as a discipline, should be interested in its study. Then we will cover major sociological explanations of different aspects of the Holocaust, including: the behavior of perpetrators and victims; class based, political, and cultural/ideological explanations of the events of the Holocaust; the Holocaust in international perspective; racism and nationalism and the crises of states in formation; and finally, the long term effects and reactions to the historical fact or experience of the Holocaust. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Lacy Mitchell

A Soc 389 (Class # 1203)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Death and Dying (3)
During this course, we will approach the topic of death and dying in the United States from a sociological perspective. That is, we will explore what death means for individuals and for society, how society impacts individual experiences of death, and vice versa. We will discuss: the history of death in the United States, how we learn about death, the medicalization of death, end of life issues and decisions, rituals of death, loss and grief and risks, perils and public deaths. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Michelle Barton

A Soc 389 (Class # 1281)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of Education (3)
This course offers a broad overview of the theoretical perspectives that help us understand schools as social institutions. We will examine how schools act as agents of both stratification and opportunity. We will also learn about and critique trends and debates occurring in contemporary education policy-- from the fight for universal preschool to state variations in college affordability. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Rachel Sullivan


A Spn 407 (Class # 1242)
Business and Legal Spanish (3)
The application of language skills to meet professional career requirements through the development of a specialized vocabulary and written exercises. Reading and analysis of contemporary texts from business journals and reports in the fields of business, law and economics. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 303 or A SPN 496 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Leonardo Correa

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

C Ehc 210 (Class # 1204)
Critical Inquiry and Communication in EP, HC & C (3)
This course is designed as an introduction to argumentation and analysis. Students will learn to evaluate arguments, build arguments, evaluate evidence, generate evidence, and present conclusions within the context of public policy and administration. Students will be introduced to a wide range of methods of inquiry (e.g., qualitative case studies, large-N statistical analysis, and survey research) and will explore the strengths and weaknesses of individual approaches. Students will also will explore ethical considerations in policy analysis and research. Finally, students will have multiple opportunities to communicate arguments in both written and oral forms.
Instructor: Peter Reinisch

C Ehc 242 (Class # 1205)
Cybersecurity (3)
The purpose of this class is to acquaint students with the policy issues associated with cybersecurity, this includes issues like cyber-attacks, network security, incident response, cyber crime, cyber espionage, and cyber conflict. Students will look at how government agencies and private sector entities assess and respond to the changing cybersecurity landscape -- how they assess the risks they face, how they manage those risks through security procedures and practices, and how they mitigate the impact of attacks that do happen on their systems. Prerequisites(s): C EHC/R PAD 101.
Instructor: Dawit Demissie

C Ehc 343 (Class # 1170)
Homeland Security (3)
This undergraduate survey course introduces students to the US government response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, specifically, the second largest reorganization of the executive branch that produced the US Department of Homeland Security. Topics examined include border and transportation security, customs, immigration policy and enforcement; preparedness and capabilities building, response and resilience; critical infrastructure protection; threat and vulnerability assessment and risk management; cyber security; counter-terrorism. Although the course is primarily focused on US federal government activities, it will also examine state and local dimensions of homeland security as well as US government interactions with other countries in the homeland security domain. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
Instructor: TBA

C Ehc 344 (Class # 1187)
Emergency Preparedness (3)
This course provides a study of applicable policies, protocols, and laws that impact the practice of emergency preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The study includes a brief review of the history of emergency management setting the stage for an examination of "best practices" and philosophies. These drive the nation's preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts of various levels of emergencies and disasters which in turn helps facilitate a community's resilience in the face of disasters. The methodology used in this course includes classroom discussions and activities, studies of applicable case studies, and individual exploration resulting in a well crated paper. Where applicable, simulation activities provide opportunities for the student to "experience" realistic situations similar to real-world emergencies and disaster operations. Only one version may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R PAD/C EHC 101 recommended.
Instructor: Amber Silver

C Ehc 345 (Class # 1243)
Leadership and Ethics Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security Cybersecurity (3)
This course provides a foundation for applying philosophical and ethical understanding to homeland security professions by drawing on both theoretical and practical approaches. It includes an overview of philosophical theories of ethics and political philosophy relevant to security practices and policies, as well as opportunities to develop critical thinking and communication skills in their application to particular cases related to homeland security through analysis and discussion. Historical and contemporary material will be examined to investigate issues such as the right to privacy, the nature and value of freedom, the justification of state security, and rights and responsibilities of public officials and health professionals. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/ R PAD 101 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Terry Hastings


I Inf 108 (Class # 1230)
Programming for Problem Solving (3)
Ever thought about a problem and said, "There should be an app for that"? This course provides an introduction to computer programming using modern programming languages as a way to solve problems. It focuses on programming concepts and fundamentals within the context of solving real world problems.
Instructor: Nimrod Dvir

I Inf 124X (Class # 1244)
Cybersecurity Basics (3)
An introduction to security in computer and network systems for a general audience. The operation of computers and networks is explained to show how they are the basis for attacks. The course will confer a basic but comprehensive understanding of how cybersecurity attacks (e.g., viruses, worms, denial of service) work. It will also cover aspects of privacy and other human elements of cybersecurity. Takes a general approach that will result in students prepared to learn about and defend themselves from current and future attacks.
Instructor: Ian MacDonald

I Inf 301 (Class # 1232)
Emerging Trends in Information and Technology (3)
This course is designed to address challenges of the 21st century from the information science framework. We will explore emerging technologies and discuss how they alter and create new information environments. Examples of these technologies include Big Data, 3D Printing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, etc. Attention will be paid to real world uses of these technologies, emphasizing how they are changing business, government, education, and a number of other industries. This course also focuses on career paths for digital citizens in the 21st century. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100X or I IST 100X.
Instructor: Jeff Yates

School of  Education

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

E Aps 300 (Class # 1206)
Social Foundations of Education (3)
Inquiry into educational policies, purposes, and ideas based upon the resources and insights of the humanities and the social sciences. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Gina Giuliano

E Aps 687 (Class # 1207)
Seminar On Competition, Marketization, and Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
This course is a graduate seminar designed to analyze the theoretical concepts and practices of enrollment management that have evolved over the last 40 years at colleges and universities. Enrollment management strategies will be examined within the broader context of higher education administration. Enrollment management has evolved in response to the changing climate in the marketplace and forces encroaching on these institutions. The course examines enrollment as a function.This course analyzes how effective enrollment planning connects an institution’s mission, current state, and the changing environment to a long-term strategic enrollment and fiscal health plan of action.
Instructor: Clayton Steen

Educational Psychology

E Psy 200 (Class # 1162)
Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling (3)
Critical analysis of the psychological process of schooling. Interpretive survey of the literature and research in learning, motivation, development, and intelligence and their impact on American education and society. Only one of E PSY 200 and T EPS 200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Deborah Chapin

E Psy 224 (Class # 1245)
Lifespan Development (3)
Theory and research relating to the typical intellectual, social and emotional development over the lifespan, including the adult years.
Instructor: Catherine Basila

Special Education

E Spe 460 (Class # 1008)/
E Spe 560 (Class # 1020)
Introduction to Human Exceptionality (3)
Characteristics of individuals whose cognitive, physical, or emotional development differs from typical individuals. Special education history and laws are discussed, as is the process leading to the development of individualized education plans and special education services. Selected strategies for students with special needs are also presented. Not open to those students who previously completed E PSY 460.
Instructor: Matt LaFave

E Spe 562 (Class # 1034)
Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings (3)
Characteristics of students with disabilities and gifted students.  Examines legislative mandates and the process of developing and implementing differentiated and special education services for students at the middle childhood or adolescence levels.  Use of research-based approaches and methods, including co-teaching and collaboration for integrating students with disabilities is emphasized.
Instructor: Sean O'Connell

E Spe 655 (Class # 1254)
Contemporary Patterns in Teaching (3)
Curriculum projects, advanced techniques, specialized equipment and media materials, examination of research findings in teaching academic disciplines. Implications for individualizing instruction. Prerequisite: Provisional certification or equivalent.
Instructor: Bruce Saddler

Educational Theory and Practice 

E Tap 652C (Class # 1247)
Teaching Computing in the Secondary School (3)
Focus is on current research, theory, and practice related to teaching computer science and information technology in pre-college settings. Designed for beginning and advanced classroom teachers, the course promotes inquiry into major contemporary issues concerning computing education; developmental needs, standards and assessments, methods for promoting computational thinking and computational practices across contexts and content areas. This course is part of a sequence that prepares teachers to offer the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course and other computing courses.
Instructor: Lijun Ni

School of Criminal Justice

R Crj 202 (Class # 1016)
Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice (4)
Students will study judicial decisions involving constitutional and other legal issues relevant to criminal justice, including the government’s power to define conduct as criminal, procedural rights, defenses, the rights of juveniles, and punishment. In addition to class meetings, students will enroll in a discussion section where they will engage in legal writing and moot court exercises.
Instructor: Joanne Malatesta

R Crj 203 (Class # 1146)
Criminology (3)
Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Only one of A SOC 203; A SOC 381; R CRJ 200 or R CRJ 203 can be taken for credit. Prequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z (SS).
Instructor: Shaina Herman

R Crj 353 (Class # 1248)
American Criminal Courts (3)
Examines the organization and operations of state and local criminal court systems from the perspective of social science research and public policy analysis. Major issues include: the role of courts in American society; bail and pre-trial procedures; the roles and decisions of prosecutors, judges and the defense bar; selection and operation of grand juries and trial juries; sentencing of criminal defendants; and others. The operations of juvenile and adult courts are compared, and efforts directed toward court reform are assessed. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Andrea Kordzek

R Crj 399 (Class # 1249)
Seminar in Criminal Justice: Women and Crime (3)
Gender is an important social construction that is built into our daily life. Like other human activities, crime and victimization are shaped by gender. Criminologists have recognized that without gender, the study of criminology is remiss. In this class, we learn both theories and empirical research regarding gendered crime and victimization. By the end of the course, students should have a comprehensive and clear understanding of the following topics: (1) Gendered pathways to criminal offending; (2) Intersectionalities: gender, race, poverty, and crime; (3) Women as victims of violence and restorative justice; (4) Women’s fear of crime.
Instructor: Luzi Shi   

R Crj 405 (Class # 1289)
Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice (3)
This course examines the extent of illicit drug use and drug dealing in the United States; the impact of illicit drugs on individuals, communities, and the criminal justice system; correlates of and influences on illicit drug use; and the connections between illicit drug use and other forms of criminal behavior. Efforts to reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs, including street-level law enforcement, military intervention, education, treatment, and drug testing are reviewed. Legal issues in drug policy, including the drug legalization debate, are considered. Prerequisite(s): R CRJ 201 or 203; or permission of instructor, or junior or senior standing.
Instructor: S. Matthew Pate

R Crj 413 (Class # 1147)
Victims Of Crime (3)
Examination of the multifaceted problem of crime victimization. Focuses on the incidence of criminal victimization, social characteristics of crime victims, the treatment of the victim in the criminal justice system, and efforts designed to alleviate the consequences of criminal victimization and provide support to victims. Prerequisite(s): R CRJ 200.
Instructor: Megan Kennedy

School of Public Health

Health Policy and Management

H Hpm 669 (Class # 1250)
Management of Health Educational and Promotional Programs (3)
Seminar format to study selected health policy issues. Possible topics include assessing the regulation of the medical care industry in New York; public policy for trauma prevention and care; learning about quality of care implications for public policy; improving the health of people in poverty; setting priorities in environmental and occupational health, theory and practice of health systems planning, nutrition programs and policy, international health, topics in women's health. Prerequisite: HHPM500 or consent of instructor.
Instructor: Dawn Bleyenburg

School of Public Health

H Sph 685 (Class # 1251)
As the capstone in the MPH degree, this course encourages students to reflect on competencies they have acquired during the academic and hands-on phases of the degree program. Using an evidence-based public health framework, it helps them to integrate their knowledge and apply it to new public health issues. Prerequisite: Completion of 6 or more credits of MPH internship (concurrent, with permission).
Instructor: Edmund Altone

Rockefeller College

Public Administration

R Pad 140 (Class # 1283)/
R Pos 140 (Class # 1282)

Introduction to Public Policy (3)
Introduction to theories of how democracies make public policy. Describes the roles of government institutions, the media, and interest groups in the policy process. Reviews current theories of how problems are identified and how policies are formulated, enacted, and implemented to address public problems. Only one of R PUB 140 and R POS 140 may be taken for credit (SS).
Instructor: Amani Edwards       

Political Science

R Pos 101 (Class # 1031)
American Politics (3)
Introduction to the study of politics, focusing on American national government. Includes some discussion of theoretical questions (such as authority, representation, and consent) and some illustrative examples from the area of comparative and international politics (USHIS SS).
Instructor: Anne Hildreth

R Pos 102 (Class # 1142)
Comparative and International Politics (3)
Comparative and international politics embodies the notion of “know the world, know yourself.” This course introduces students to key scholarly discussions about how to compare politics in different countries and how to study global politics. There are no prerequisite requirements, except for an open mind and curiosity for domestic politics around the globe and world politics in general. By the end of the class, students should be familiar with the key concepts and debates in international affairs and recognize the value of learning about different polities around the world. Only one version of R POS 102 may be taken for credit.(CHALLENGES SS).
Instructor: Injeong Hwang

R Pos 356 (Class # 1184)
Russian Foreign Policy (3)
Survey of Soviet and Russian activities in international relations, 1917 to the present. Attention is focused on the Soviet Unions relations with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, the developing nations, and the United States, and contemporary Russian policy. Previous study of Soviet internal politics is desirable, but not a prerequisite.
Instructor: Inguna Miller

R Pos 361 (Class # 1252)
Comparative Ethnicity (3)
The composition and problems of various ethnic and religious minorities: their origins, characteristics, political mobilization, and degree of integration into the social and political systems of the new post-colonial nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America examined against a background of European, American, and Russian experience. T POS 261 is the Honors College version of R POS 361; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Nakissa Jahanbani

School of  Social Welfare

R Ssw 299 (Class # 1033)
Multiculturalism (3)
This course is a critical analysis of the global phenomenon of multiculturalism.  Focus is on its interconnectedness with globalization, national and transnational migration, surrounding debates, and effects on the U.S. and other world nations. Theoretical perspectives and methods underlying social work and allied disciplines provide the overarching framework. It examines the history, variations, contributions, and distinct experiences of ethnic groups comprising current multicultural U.S. society giving special attention to the intersections of gender, social class, race, religion, and ethnic group membership. This course enables students to heighten awareness of their own ethnic heritage, strengthen knowledge and understanding of ethnic groups within and outside of the U.S., become engaged global citizens, and be better prepared to function effectively in today's multicultural global society. Only one version may be taken for credit. (CHALLENGES)
Instructor: Blanca Ramos


Study Abroad

For a listing of the study abroad course offerings, please refer to the Office of Education Abroad.